Crews conduct controlled burn at Tuscola

By DeeAnna Haney | Feb 20, 2013

For those noticing the campus of Tuscola High School up in flames today, there is no need to fear. That's because local fire departments are conducting a controlled burn to the grass and brush surrounding campus.

The flames could be seen from the highway this afternoon, setting the bank at the entrance of the school ablaze. Junaluska Fire Chief Charles Wood said it's a service they provide to the school every couple of years.

Burning off excess and dead grass and debris actually makes the landscape healthier and prevents a large scale fire in the event of a severe dry spell, Wood said.

They chose today because students were out of school for a teacher work day.

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